First Water to Lower LaBarge Box Loop - Superstition Wilderness

  • November 25, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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Calling on 3H's hardiest hikers.  Sorry for the short notice, but our Sunday has just opened up, we are feeling adventurous, and the weather looks just right for an exciting Superstition adventure.  Please consider coming out to join us, but only if you feel comfortable with a long hike, involving some creek bed boulder hopping, rugged terrain, and a bit of route finding.  This route will make a full loop around the towering Battleship Mountain as we traverse Garden Valley, Boulder Creek, and LaBarge Creek on our way out to the picturesque Lower LaBarge Box Canyon. 

Special Note:  We have hiked to Battleship Mountain, and we have hiked to Lower LaBarge Box, but we have never attempted this loop.  We have been on every inch of this route except the 1/2 mile connecting piece from the Battleship Saddle to the Lower LaBarge Box.  Small matter, perhaps, but it's worth noting, and only adds to the sense of adventure!

 

Length: 12.5 miles +/- Round Trip

Rating/Difficulty: Moderately Difficult to Difficult (tending toward the difficult side) depending on skill level.  At times, we will be hiking through dry creek beds filled with rocks varying in size from sand pebbles to car sized boulders.  The distance will be challenging, and the sun will be out.  If you are uncertain of your abilities, have questions, or need direction, please let us know.

Accumulated Elevation Gain: 2400 feet

Hiking Time: Expect 7.5 to 8.5 hours for this hike.

What To Bring: Please bring plenty of water (at least 4-5 liters) and nutritious snacks. We will take breaks for lunch/snacks. As always, bring good shoes, hats, sunscreen, cameras, etc.

Note: There is no water at the trailhead. There is a bathroom.

 

Although these links do not set forth the exact hike we are posting here, they do provide good descriptions of the area, and give those interested a sense of the terrain involved in this undertaking.  http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=229  http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=261

Due to the nature of this hike, and the lateness of this post, we are uncertain if enough hikers will sign up to make a carpool location feasible.  However, if there is enough interest, we might suggest the Walgreen's parking lot ( park away from the building) at the corner of Idaho and Old West Hwy. in Apache Junction.  Here is a link for that location.  http://www.walgreens.com/locator/Walgreens-55-W-APACHE-TRL-APACHE-JUNCTION-AZ-85120/id=4188

Directions to the trailhead: Take US 60 towards Apache Junction and exit onto Idaho Rd. AZ 88, exit 196. Follow AZ 88 northeast about 6 miles or so to First Water Rd. (just beyond the entrance to the Lost Dutchman State Park) and turn right. Follow this dirt road (passable by passenger car, but SUV or better is recommended) for 2.6 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. If there is no parking available there, please park in the overflow/horse trailer lot 1/2 mile back down the road.

For those coming down the 101 to the 202, it is suggested that you exit at Brown Road (rather than going down to US 60) and take it east about 5 miles to AZ 88. From there, turn left, and head to the First Water turnoff just beyond the Lost Dutchman State Park.

    

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  • David & L.

    Last year, Carney/Robber's/Cave Loop. This year, First Water/Lower Labarge Box Loop. We spoil you, Don! Happy birthday, Bud!!

    November 27, 2012

  • Don

    Great hike, Dave and Letlet - perfect for my birthday ;)

    November 26, 2012

  • CLYDE

    Great hike and Great Company! Thanks David and Letlet. Was great to see you both and I look forward to the next adventure

    November 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun day as usual. First time into the Box area for me and it was awesome!

    November 26, 2012

  • Dilip

    I'm dropping out. I have to be at work tomorrow because I didn't get everything done today. Sucks to not be able to do this with you guys :-[

    November 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I been wanting to sign up for a hike, but I haven't done more then 6 .5 miles yet. I am good w/ intermediate hikes, and just completed Hackberry Loop about a week ago...from the creek bed/boulders and up around the steep side. Based on this, does it sound like I can handle this hike?

    November 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay...thx. I just got back from hiking the Christiansen Trail from beginning to end, through the Dreamy Draw. Twelve miles according to the garmin etrex20! :-) I'll be too sore tomorrow 2 hike, but look forward to the email. Thx!

      November 24, 2012

    • David & L.

      Nice piece of work, Caroline. Enjoy your day tomorrow.

      1 · November 24, 2012

  • David & L.

    Sorry for the short notice, Randy. Can you make it out?

    November 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think so; no must watch football games on TV lol.

      November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This definitely has my attention.

    1 · November 23, 2012

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